Fonds UBCA-ARC-1289 - University Climatological Station Committee fonds

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University Climatological Station Committee fonds

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3 cm of textual records

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In 1954 a President's Climatological Station Committee was established to explore the possibilities of installing and operating a climatological station. In the same year, a request was made to the Meteorological Division in the Federal Department of Transport to supply the essential equipment. An agreement was reached in 1955 for the establishment and maintenance of a station, providing the UBC provided a suitable site and qualified observers, maintained records according to Meteorological Division standards, and provided monthly reports to the Division. The Station was set up in 1957 west of the Agronomy Barn on Agronomy Road; campus development forced its relocation further south in 1964. The Committee administered the Station, maintained liaison with the Meteorological Division, and until 1963 held informal seminars on weather and climate studies during its regular meetings. The Committee was re-constituted to report to the Dean of Graduate Studies; that year, an Atmospheric Sciences Colloquium was established to organize lectures and seminars.

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The records and the original rain gauge, sunlight, thermograph, and anemograph traces and raw data were initially stored with the Registrar's Office (the Assistant Registrar served as Committee Secretary) and the Department of Geography; they may have been available through the Geography Reading Room. In 1977 they were transferred to the Library's Government Publications Division. In 1998, after determining that Environment Canada already had the climatological data on file, the traces and raw data records were destroyed; the remaining records were transferred to the University Archives.

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Fonds consists of annual reports from the Committee, summaries of climatological data from the Station, and correspondence.

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These are institutional records and subject to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Researcher access to these records is subject to review.

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Revised in January 2021, JM.

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